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Sobeys’ new Nova Scotia store debuts sustainable parking lot


Sobeys newest store in Timberlea, NS, showcases the retailer’s latest sustainability initiative: a parking lot paved using post-consumer plastics that have been diverted from landfills.

The amount of recycled plastics used in the mixture is the equivalent of more than six million plastic checkout bags. This innovative approach to plastics reduction and reuse follows the company’s commitment to remove plastic grocery bags from all Sobeys grocery stores by the end of January 2020, a change that will take 225 million plastic grocery bags out of circulation at Sobeys’ 255 locations across Canada each year.

Over the past four months, Sobeys Inc. and Crombie REIT, developer and property manager for the Sobeys Timberlea site, have worked directly with local small business Goodwood Plastic Products to find smart solutions for recycling plastic materials, to research and develop the new asphalt pavement mixture.


Sobeys Inc. also worked with the company in the development of Sobey’s Ultimate Picnic Table, made from recycled plastics lumber that diverted 60,000 single-use plastic bags from local landfills.

 The new Sobeys Timberlea store has a picnic bench made from Goodwood Plastic Product’s recycled plastics lumber onsite for customers to enjoy.

“As a company, we are proud of our Nova Scotia roots, that’s why we’re especially thrilled to continue growing our store network right here in our home province while finding unique ways to innovate locally and drive sustainability,” said Vittoria Varalli, vice president, sustainability, Sobeys Inc. “The post-consumer plastics parking lot and picnic bench out front, is one more way we are doing our part to integrate sustainability and innovation into our business. Projects like this represent the changes we all want to see – reduced single-use plastics, more reuse, and increased recycling of plastic waste.”

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